Within this category are listed organizational resources for communities of Christians of the various traditions. Listings are reserved for organized denominations. Single churches, or non-denominational churches, are found in the Churches
In general, sites should not be submitted at this level, doing so will only delay it being reviewed by an editor for possible inclusion in the directory. Please submit your site to its specific denomination category and locality.
Non-denominational or single churches (ie not part of a major denomination) should be submitted to a subcategory of Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Churches.
Tracing its origins to the teachings of William Miller (1781-1849) and a belief in the imminent return of Christ, the Advent Christian Association was founded in Salem, Massachusetts in 1860.
The Assembly of good Christians, also known as the Cathar Church, is a nondenominational, noncreedal, 25,000 member house-church movement. A diasporal descendant from surviving remnants of the medieval Inquisition 800 years ago, Cathars today seek to build substantive unity among the People of GOD as commanded by Jesus Christ.
An evangelical Christian denomination in Canada.
For sites about the current community of The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, its branches, and its history.
Important elements of the community's identity include:
- The 1st century spread of Christianity eastwards among Syriac/Aramaic speaking peoples (Syriac is still retained as the language of the liturgy);
- The political and theological ferment of the early 5th century, with particular debate on the nature of Christ (hence the disputed use of the term, "Nestorian Church", by many western church authorities, historians and scholars);
- Missionary effort and consolidation through the Persian Empire and beyond, with communities established in Arabia, India, Tibet, Central Asia, China and Japan, until the rise of the Mongol-Turks, and their conversion to Islam;
- Survival of remnants in their heartland of modern Iran and Iraq, and also in India (known as the Chaldean Syrian Church);
- Communities in Iraq and Iran survived the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman Empire, but a refugee diaspora led to significant communities being established in North America and Australia;
- Since the 1990s the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East has been in dialogue with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, with a view to re-establishing communion.
This category is for all manner of websites related directly to Baptist Christians. There are over 200 distinct groups of Baptists worldwide, with over 100,000 churches with more than 40,000,000 members.
The Bible Fellowship Church originally began as a revivalist group formed out of the Mennonite church in the mid 1800's. Through its history, the organization has also been known as the Evangelical Mennonite Society and the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. The church is headquartered in Pennsylvania and churches are spread throughout the northeastern United States.
The Bible Students are a completely autonomous, non-denominational Christian fellowship, not affiliated with any of the church systems of today. As a group, they own no property, take no collections, and pay no ministers for their services. This fellowship has no central head, office or publishing house. Each group is independent, studying on their own with others of similar faith to discuss their findings and maintains an association and fellowship that is worldwide through conventions.
They are open for all to share in the study of God's Word. There is no organization to join and no creed to affirm. Services are as simple as the church in the days of the Apostles. The congregation benefits from the prayer support of one another and their fellowship is warm and friendly.
This category has been created to help others to better understand the Bible Students. The websites listed provide general information about their beliefs, history and activities.
Please submit sites that either use or are in harmony with the writings of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.
Those sites that depart from the writings of Pastor Russell will not be permitted in this category. Do not submit chat room, bulletin boards, or other forum type websites.
For information on groups descended from or related to the Schwarzenau Brethren organized and led by Alexander Mack in Germany in 1708.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church.
This category contains links to various web pages concerning the Catholic Church. Using the common terminology, Catholic here refers to all those churches in communion with the Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI. Roman Catholics and Eastern Catholics (of all rites) are found here.
For pages concerning Catholic churches not in union with Rome (Polish National Catholic Church, etc.), please see the "Not in Communion with Rome" subcategory.
Sites pertaining to the Catholic Apostolic Church and its descendants. Beginning with a prayer group in the home of Henry Drummond, the Catholic Apostolic Church had its greatest success in Germany. Divisions began to occur when the early leaders were dying. Distinctive features of this family of denominations include governance by apostles, premillenarianism, sacraments, the sealing, and belief in a restoration of the gifts of the Spirit.
Sites submitted to this category should be related to the Catholic Apostolic Church--associated with Henry Drummond and Edward Irving--and its descendants.
Information source for the Charismatic Renewal and the more recent Renewal Movement.
The charismatic renewal movement, or Neo-Pentecostalism, is distinguished from classic Pentecostalism in that the charismatic renewal arose decades later.
Pentecostalism had its roots in the Holiness movement of the nineteenth century, and thus is Arminian in theology. Modern Pentecostalism is often dated to C.P. Parham's Apostolic Faith movement (1901) and the Azusa Street revival of 1906.
Pentecostal Christians believe that the gifts of Pentecost, including tongues and healing, are still normal today. The gift of tongues is often seen as a manifestation of baptism in the Spirit, or of sanctification.
The charismatic renewal is also happening in traditional churches. J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Renewal Theology Emeritus at Regent University School of Divinity
"The charismatic movement1 began within the historic churches in the 1950s. Since then there has been a
continuing growth of the movement within many of the mainline churches: first, such Protestant churches as Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian; second, the Roman Catholic (beginning in 1967); and third, the Greek Orthodox (beginning about 1971). By now the charismatic movement has become worldwide and has participants in many countries.
A profile of the charismatic movement within the historic churches would include at least the following elements: (1) the recovery of a liveliness and freshness in Christian faith; (2) a striking renewal of the community of believers as a fellowship (koinonia) of the Holy Spirit; (3) the manifestation of a wide range of "spiritual gifts," with parallels drawn from 1 Corinthians 12-14; (4) the experience of "baptism in the Holy Spirit," often accompanied by "tongues," as a radical spiritual renewal; (5) the reemergence of a spiritual unity that essentially transcends denominational barriers; (6) the rediscovery of a dynamic for bearing comprehensive witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ; and (7) the revitalization of the eschatological perspective."
Charismatic Churches are usually but not always characterized by: a full gospel theology, belief and movement of the Gifts of Holy Spirit, and contemporary worship music.
Sites should be submitted to the most specific subcategory possible.
The Christadelphians are a small denomination that is waiting for Christ to return to earth to set up his Kingdom. They believe that the Bible is without error, and that baptism is an essential act of obedience. They reject the doctrine of the Trinity, and believe that humans do not have an 'immortal soul' but will be resurrected and judged at Christ's return, the faithful being granted immortality.
The Key Christadelphian beliefs are:
1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy spirit is God's power.
3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
4. By living a sinless life Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
5. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
6. When he returns he will rule the earth and give immortality to those who have tried to follow him and do the will of God. His followers will help him to rule.
7. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead. The reward for the faithful is eternal life on earth after Christ's return.
8. Baptism is essential to gain this eternal life.
Christian Science was founded by Mary Baker Eddy. It is also known as The Church of Christ, Scientist.
The churches of Christ are hard to characterize beyond that they are radically congregationalist. Most can trace their evangelistic roots to the "Restoration Movement" in the early nineteenth century American frontier; but fellowship is claimed with anyone who shares their emphasis on the New Testament as an exclusive basis for practice and doctrine--particularly the paradigms for individual conversion and morality, and for congregational organization and worship. They are non-denominational in the sense that each local congregation is an autonomous, self-governing body. They do not believe in, nor do they have, a hierarchical organization that extends beyond the local congregation. Their biblical based plan of salvation is that one must hear the Gospel, believe in Christ, repent of one's sins, confess that Jesus is LORD and Savior, be baptized (immersed in water), and live a Christian life to the end. There are currently two types of churches of Christ. One worships without the accompaniment of a musical instruments (acappella) and the other worships with the accompaniment of musical instruments.
The non-institutional churches of Christ are a non-denominational sect (for lack of a better word) of that body of faith that grew out of the Restoration Movement.
They differ from other Restoration Movement churches in that (1) they are non-denominational, and (2) they are non-institutional.
They are non-denominational in the sense that each local congregation is an autonomous, self-governing body. They do not believe in, nor do they have, a hierarchical organization that extends beyond the local congregation.
They are non-institutional in the sense that there is no Scriptural authority for a congregation to spend the church's money on missionary societies, orphanages, or educational institutions.
For more information on what some, but by no means all, members of the non-institutional churches of Christ believe, please see: http://www.bibleweb.com/beliefs.html
This is an umbrella category for the various "Church of God" denominations.
Most local Church of God congregations are affiliated with a specific Church of God denomination. Please find the appropriate denomination category and suggest it in that subcategory.
If the site is associated with a denomination that does not have a subcategory, please add a note explaining the situation. The information you provide will help our editors classify sites correctly.
Religious sect formed by Russians who broke away from the Orthodox church, rejecting secular government, militarism and war, the Russian Orthodox priesthood, icons, church ritual, and the divinity of Jesus Christ (who is considered to be a spiritually advanced teacher and example to others).
The Evangelical Congregational Church was formed in 1922 when some members of the United Evangelical Church voted against reunion with the Evangelical Association.
The Evangelical Congregational Church has its roots in a blend of German-American pietism and Methodism. Like the Evangelical Church, they trace their origins to Jacob Albright. The group was also influenced by the Holiness movement, and split from the Evangelical Association in 1894 over congregationalism and the doctrine of sanctification.
The Evangelical Congregational Church is found almost exclusively in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois, although they do place emphasis on evangelism.
Please submit sites here if they relate to the Evangelical Congregational Church.
This category contains resources for and about the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), a U.S. denomination which was formed in 1950 by the merger of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church Association. Both groups dated from the revival movements of the late nineteenth century.
In the denomination name, "Evangelical" refers to the church's commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant in the original writings and the only safe and sufficient guide to faith and practice. "Free" refers to the form of church government as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in making decisions and setting directions.
- Please submit resources only specifically related to the Evangelical Free Church here.
- Sites for individual EFCA churches should go in the "Churches" sub-category.
- It is helpful for the editors if your description is written as proper sentences (not fragments), and does not repeat the name of the site from the title. Also, it is not necessary to denote Evangelical Free affiliation in the description of a site as all items in this category are Efree related.
The Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (abbreviation EKD, English translation usually Protestant Church in Germany but sometimes also Evangelical Church in Germany) is an organization made up of 24 Protestant churches (see list at www.ekd.de/english/3863.html.) The member churches call themselves variously Evangelical, Evangelical-Lutheran and Evangelical-Reformed. Most of them are regional churches for a particular region of Germany. Together they have about 27 million church members and make up most of mainstream Protestantism in Germany.
Also known as "Greater Grace Church" and "The Bible Speaks." This denomination was begun by Carl Stevens, pastor of the headquarters church in Baltimore, Maryland.
Greater Grace World Outreach describes its theological position as being fundamental, evangelical, dispensational, pretribulational, pre-millennial, with a local church emphasis. It heavily emphasizes evangelism and missions work.
The Holiness family of churches has its roots in mid-nineteenth-century revivalism, particularly among Methodists. Holiness churches are Arminian, and many believe in divine healing. Their most pronounced "distinctive" is the belief in entire sanctification, also called "the second blessing." The Holiness movement, in turn, gave birth to Pentecostalism and to some of the Churches of God.
Sites submitted here should pertain to the Church of the Living God C.W.F.F.
The International Churches of Christ are a family of Christian churches whose members are committed to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. We read and strive to abide by the entire Bible and hold it to be inspired and inerrant. We expect every member to be a disciple of Christ as defined in his teachings. The International Churches of Christ were built on the revolutionary and biblical conviction that every person must first make a decision to become a disciple and then be baptized. The Biblical Greek word for church is "ecclesia" which means "the called out". Today we are an international family of churches that is rapidly spreading to all nations around the world. We have been called out from religious mediocrity, spiritual error, atheism and agnosticism -- into a meaningful, vibrant relationship with God.
Our congregations now reflect the diversity of the cities and nations where we have planted churches. Worldwide, people of all races, ages,and cultures attend our worship services weekly. These services are true celebrations, for the life of a disciple of Christ is the most joyful one we know.
Jesus taught his disciples to not only make disciples, but also to meet the physical needs of people. Click on the "Helping Others" at http://www.upcyberdown.org/Hope/index.htm page to see some ways that we are practicing Jesus' teaching by meeting the needs of people around us. One of Jesus' final commands to his disciples was to go and make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19-20). As disciples of Christ, our lives are committed to bringing his church to every nation within this generation. In keeping with Biblical examples, we multiply our churches by sending out small groups of disciples to major metropolitan areas where they then form new churches. Since every new member is a committed disciple, these new churches grow rapidly and are soon strong enough to send out other groups to plant more churches.
Our goal since 1994 has been to plant a church in every nation with a city of at least 100,000 people by the end of the year 2000. With God's help that goal should be met by July 2000. In the early part of the new millennium churches will continue to be planted in the remaining smaller nations, cities and villages.
This cat is for the grouping of churches International Christian Churches. It is not for a church that sees itself as international. Please find the correct category for your church site as offering it to the wrong one will only delay it being reviewed by an editor.
Please submit only sites that are pro-ICOC.
Sites with an oppositional view to the International Churches of Christ should be submitted to the following category:
Society: Religion and Spirituality: Christianity: Opposing Views: International Churches of Christ
In 1950, two fellowships in the Community Church Movement joined in a historic
merger. At the time, their joining represented the largest interracial merger of religious
bodies in America. The new creation was the International Council of Community
Churches. Member churches and centers united to be a fellowship of
ecumenically-minded, freedom-loving churches cooperating in fulfilling the mission of the
Church in the world.As a post-denominational movement for over 40 years, the Council
has witnessed and worked for Christian unity and reconciliation in human society. And this is the work it carries into
the 21st Century.
Please add only sites directly related to the International
Council of Community Churches!
This category is for web sites for and about Jehovah's Witnesses. To qualify, the site must have something to do with Jehovah's Witnesses, it must be correct, and according to the Witnesses.
There is a separate category for opposing views
, so listings for web sites opposing Jehovah's Witnesses will not be kept in this category, even if they are submitted here.
This category is for groups of religious worshippers tracing their roots back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr.
The Light of the World Church, or "Iglesia la Luz del Mundo" in Spanish, is a primarily Spanish-speaking church with branches around the world and headquarters in Mexico.
This is the Lords Recovery, which is not a denomination, not a movement, and not a teaching. It does not have any name, but some opposers called it "Local Church". It is God moving in men to recover the truth and experience of Christ and the Church, which is His Body, His one expression in each locality.
The Christian Church in western Europe during the early 1500's underwent a reformation. The leading exponent of the reformation was Martin Luther
. The reformation movement ultimately lead to a complete split between the reformers and the Roman Catholic Church. Those who joined the reformers were later called Protestants as they protested the authority over the Church maintained by the Pope. Those who follow the theology of Martin Luther, the Augsburg Confession and the Book of Concord are called Lutherans. Protestantism as a whole has fractured into many denominations. Those claiming the mantle of Luther have not avoided divisions over doctrinal questions and as a consequence there are a significant number of Lutheran Denominations. Lutheranism has been the predominant denomination in Northern Germany, and Scandinavia where it is the established (state) church. Lutheran denominations are also prominent in North America.
The Lutheran Church began with an emphasis on literacy, scholarship, music, and liturgical worship that continues to this day.
This is the top level of the LUTHERAN category. Sites related to Lutheranism generally or for which there is no existing sub-category are listed at this level. Please review the sub-categories to see if there is an appropriate one for your site.
If you are submitting a congregational site please proceed to the sub-category Congregations and review the submission notice for that sub-category.
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Sites that take issue with Lutheran practice or doctrine or that are aimed at proselytizing for another faith group or denomination will be moved either to "Opposing Views" or to the proselytizing denomination''s category in the Directory.
Find sites within the Messianic Community that promote a Messianic Jewish form of doctrine, teachings, and worship.
The overall Messianic Community is a Mishpochah (family) that includes: Messianic Jewish, Messianic Israel, Messianic Yisrael, Messianic Hebrew, Messianic Sephardic, Nazarene Jewish, Nazarene Israel, Nazarene Yisraelite, and like believers. Rather than denominations there are associations or ministries that are generally affiliated with.
What sets apart Messianic Judaism from Judaism is the new covenant belief in Jesus (Yeshua) as the Messiah and His final atonement made for remission of sin. A Messianic Jew retains their Jewish roots, culture, and lifestyle as compared to the counterpart of Christianity.
Submit only sites in the main Messianic Judaism category that are Messianic Jewish in content and don''t fit in any sub-category. If your site best fits into one of the sub-categories under Messianic Judaism, then please submit it there.
Torah observant or ''Two House'' sites are listed in their respective place under ''Torah Observant''. Messianic sites that only sell Jewish or Messianic merchandise should go in the Shopping subcategory. All congregation sites are submitted by location to an appropriate category in: Messianic_Judaism/Congregations.
Methodism has at its roots one person whose vision, determination and faith inspired fellow seekers to re-assess their lives and renew their relationship with God. John Wesley (1703-1791) challenged the religious assumptions of his day, urging those to whom he preached to 'trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation' for the assurance that we are all forgiven through Christ.
When John Wesley was at Oxford University, he was part of a small group of students who met regularly and 'methodically' for prayer, Bible study and Holy Communion. This earned them the nickname 'The Holy Club' or 'Methodists'.
Wesley became a priest in the Church of England, but in 1738 had a spiritual experience that he described as God working in his heart through faith in Christ. He launched a hugely influential preaching ministry and had a flair for organising people into small groups. These he named classes, with locally appointed preachers and leaders, which studied the gospels and prayed together. Wesley's new movement became a separate Church which grew rapidly throughout the 18th century and afterwards.
One of the most important distinctions from Calvin and the doctrine of predestination was the doctrine of prevenient grace and its basis in the Arminian view of free will. The United Methodist Church in their book of discipline for 2004 said prevenient grace is "the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses. This grace prompts our first wish to please God, our first glimmer of understanding concerning God's will, and our 'first slight transient conviction' of having sinned against God. God's grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith."
Wesley's theology often characterised by the four "alls"
1. All need to be saved.
2. All can be saved.
3. All can know they are saved.
4. All can be saved to the full, to the uttermost.
If your site is not specifically concerned with a Methodist denomination, please submit to the proper category. Local church sites should *NOT* be left here, but placed in their correct Methodist branch and locality.
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Metropolitan Community Churches is a denomination of Christian churches with a primary ministry to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.
The Molokans are a "Biblically-centered" religious movement, among Russian peasants (serfs), who broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1550s. Molokans denied the Czar's divine right to rule and rejected icons, they also reject the Trinity as outlined by the Nicene Creed and the, Orthodox fasts, military service, the eating of unclean foods, and other practices, including water baptism.
The Moravian Church grew out of the small Herrnhut community in Germany, founded in 1722 by Protestant refugees from Bohemia and Moravia on the estate of the Pietist Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf. It sent out its first missionaries in 1732 to the West Indies and came to North America in 1742. It is noted for its traditions of music, worship, and community life.
These should be practices still observed in congregations.
"Orthodox" literally means right teaching or right worship. It is derived from two Greek words: orthos (right) and doxa (teaching or worship). As the early Church fought false teachings and division and struggled to remain true to the faith, it naturally came to be known as Orthodox.
This category describes the Orthodox Church, her beliefs, worship, practices, jurisdictions and parishes, organization, schools, seminaries, monasteries, and history.
Sites appear in this category, and all subcategories, regardless of their status with the canonical Orthodox Church in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Pentecostalism had its roots in the Holiness movement of the nineteenth century, and thus is Arminian in theology. Modern Pentecostalism is often dated to C.P. Parham's Apostolic Faith movement (1901) and the Azusa Street revival of 1906. Pentecostal Christians believe that the gifts of Pentecost, including tongues and healing, are still normal today. The gift of tongues is often seen as a manifestation of baptism in the Spirit, or of sanctification.
The charismatic renewal
movement, or Neo-Pentecostalism, is distinguished from classic Pentecostalism in that the charismatic renewal arose decades later, among people who were, and often still are, adherents of mainline Protestant denominations or of the Catholic Church.
In the 1820's, a small group of Christians met in an attempt to return to New Testament simplicity. They took as their guide, not the creeds and religious traditions of the denominations around them, but rather the Bible. Through many growing pains and some setbacks, their spiritual example is alive and growing today. These Christians have been called by many names - Plymouth Brethren being sometimes used.
Rooted in the Church of Scotland, "Presbyterian" describes Christian churches that conform to a governmental structure involving "presbyters," or elders. These elders are a part of a structure that involves regional gatherings of churches, known as "presbyteries," and often regional gatherings of presbyteries, known as "synods." Each denomination known as "Presbyterian" varies somewhat in its particular governmental structure, but "Presbyterian" describes this congregational connection to a larger body as the primary feature of church government rather than a particular set of beliefs.
Beliefs vary widely among Presbyterian denominations. See their individual categories for more information on beliefs, specific church structure, and individual congregations.
The word "Reformed" is confusing in that it can be used in different ways. At the broader level, "Reformed" refers to those denominations separated from the Lutheran (Protestant) churches of the Reformation. This began as early as 1529 when Zwingli disagreed with Luther on the Lord's Supper. Calvin then agreed with Zwingli and since he was more influential in his writings, churches which followed his theology were called Calvinistic (or Reformed) but did not take Calvin's name as the name of the denomination as Lutherans did. Thus Reformed denominations took on various names, some including the term "Reformed' in a narrower sense, such as the Reformed Church in America, the Gereformeerde Kerken in the Netherlands and the Reformierte Kirche in Germany. In Scotland, however, the Reformed or Calvinistic denomination called itself Presbyterian, after their polity of being ruled by elders or presbyters. So the Presbyterian theology is really Reformed, in the broader use of the term, but the Presbyterian denominations are separate from the Reformed denominations, in the narrower use of the term Reformed.
Although the list of churches in this category is primarily Reformed in the narrower sense, the other subcategories use the term in the broader sense.
Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, is a branch of the Christian church founded in the 17th century and having congregations scattered across the world. This category contains sites having information about or related to the Religious Society of Friends.
Sacred Name Movement churches or ministries believe that the true name for the Heavenly Father is Yahweh, and the original name of His Son is Yahshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus). Some may spell the Father's name as Yahveh or YHWH and the Son's name may vary in spelling as well.
Sacred Name churches meet on the seventh day Sabbath and celebrate the feasts as found in the Old Testament (Torah).
Please submit only ''Sacred Name Movement'' sites here.
Seventh-day Adventism is a fast-growing international Christian denomination of over eight million members. Its origins are in the interfaith Millerite movement of the 1840s. After the "Great Disappointment" of 1844 which marked the end of Miller's calculations of the date of Jesus' Second Coming, many left the movement. Those that remained--among them James and Ellen White and Joseph Bates--became convinced that Jesus had begun a special ministry in heaven. They remained expectant, however, for his soon return, as Adventists remain to this day.
From humble New England beginnings in buggies and camp meetings, "adventists" carried out a strong literature and revivalist program which rapidly increased their numbers. Influence from Seventh-day Sabbath-keeping Baptists introduced that doctrine to the church, and Adventist acceptance of it has been an identifying mark ever since. The denomination was organized with its present name in 1863.
Since 1874, when J. N. Andrews was sent as a missionary to Switzerland, Adventists have been increasingly active internationally. Presently, there are members on all inhabited continents, in over 200 countries.
Adventist health ministries also started early, with the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Today the church operates hundreds of hospitals, clinics, aid centers, and medical training sites.
Christian education has also been a key part of the Adventist experience. The first network of Adventist-sponsored schools was organized in 1872, and has grown to encompass elementary, secondary, tertiary, and post-graduate institutions.
This denomination bases its theology on the work of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a Swedish scientist and theologian. Swedenborg saw a new Christianity coming into being, revitalized by the Spirit of the Lord. It comprises a number of church organizations.
Using the Bible as the foundation for their theology, they see within its pages two parallel stories: the historical account of people, places and events; and within that account a deeper, spiritual reflection of our individual journeys. Thus, they claim, the Bible is alive and fresh today, speaking to us directly about our spiritual growth and pilgrimage.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a denomination based in the United States, established in 1957 by the merger of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of earlier traditions, including:
* The Congregational Churches (based in Puritan tradition)
* The Reformed Church in the United States, which traced its beginnings to congregations of German settlers in Pennsylvania
* The Christian Churches that sprang up in the late 1700s and early 1800s in reaction to the theological and organizational rigidity of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches of the time.
* The Evangelical Synod of North America, which traced its beginnings to an association of German Evangelical pastors in Missouri, reflecting the 1817 union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in Germany.
The basic unit of the UCC is the congregation. The UCC follows the "covenantal" tradition, meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members.
This category is for the United Church of Christ. Check the category description if you are uncertain as to whether this is the correct denomination for your site.
The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 by the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England. In 1981, the Re-formed Churches of Christ also joined the URC. In April 2000, the Scottish Congregational Church and the United Reformed Church united.
Please submit a site here if it relates to the Christian denomination called the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom, and where the site covers the *whole* of the UK, *more than one* synod or has *significance for the whole* of the UK.
If the site is about or relates to a synod, district or local church congregation then *please* offer it to the appropriate sub category. Do *not* offer it here.
This category is a directory of councils, agencies, networks, local congregations, and other affiliated networks/groups of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Please only submit links about for agencies, councils, local congregations, and other affiliated networks/groups of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Unity is positive, practical Christianity. It teaches the practical application in everyday life of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ, as interpreted in the light of modern-day experience by Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches. Unity is a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind. The Association of Unity Churches, in cooperation with Unity School of Christianity, has established centers of study and worship throughout the world where people study and practice the Unity way of life.
This category contains sites pertaining to The Wesleyan Church, a Christian Protestant Denomination in the Wesleyan/holiness movement. This includes websites belonging to national/regional general conferences and districts (or equivalents) thereof, as well as individual congregations, ministries, and other subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church.
This category contains sites pertaining to The Wesleyan Church, a Christian Protestant Denomination in the Wesleyan/holiness movement. This includes websites belonging to national/regional general conferences and districts (or equivalents) thereof, as well as individual congregations, campgrounds, ministries, and other subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church.
Individual congregations included in this category will be either officially organized local churches within The Wesleyan Church, church plants launched by one or more subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church, or congregations which have been recognized as affiliated churches per The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church, par.
Campgrounds included in this category will be at least partially owned and maintained by The Wesleyan Church or subsidiary entity thereof (e.g., district) for the primary purpose of providing camp ministries for evangelism and spiritual formation.
Ministries included in this category should be direct subsidiaries of The Wesleyan Church and amenable directly to one or more of the national/regional general conferences. Please do not submit sites for ministries that were merely founded or formed by persons belonging to or attending a Wesleyan church; are more directly amenable to a subsidiary entity such as but not limited to a district or local church; are intended in whole or in part to lobby delegates to a district or general conference; or are otherwise not officially connected with The Wesleyan Church.
Other subsidiary entities will be included on a case-by-case basis depending on their relationship to The Wesleyan Church and/or suitablility for inclusion in the ODP as defined by the editing guidelines and determined by the category editor(s).